Tricia’s Easy Appetizer: Roll Ups Two Ways

Party food! Both frugal and easy to make in large quantities with just three to four ingredients. This recipe I learned from my Aunt Patti, is one of the most requested.

And today I’m sharing two ways to make it! Whip up roll ups with cream cheese, chopped black olives and salsa, as pictured above.

Or tuck some of pimento cheese into a tortilla. I offered this as a last minute appetizer over the summer with bites of watermelon. I shared my pimento cheese recipe here on $5 Dinners as a frugal way to feed a crowd.

These variations have served many around the holidays, at bridal luncheons, meetings and Super Bowl parties. On New Year’s Eve, we often just serve plates of appetizers. Roll ups are easy for my children to handle and to eat – in large amounts!

Cream cheese roll ups are safe for my nut and egg-free household. Cream cheese is also the allergy-friendly adaptation in my egg-free pimento cheese version here.

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Mexican Roll Ups

Yield – 8-10 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • (1) 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons salsa
  • black olives, chopped (1 small can, 4-6 oz size) I often omit this
  • big flour tortillas (3-5)


  • Cream the cheese with salsa.
  • Add chopped olives.
  • Spread 3-4 tablespoons of mixture on tortilla.
  • Roll tortillas up tightly.
  • Refrigerate for couple of hours.
  • Cut into small, round slices and serve with salsa.

Which version will you make?

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  1. Amy says

    Here is what is in my Mexican rollups:

    Cream cheese
    chopped deli ham
    small 1/2 can chopped black olives
    small can chopped green chilies
    Hidden Valley Dressing mix (1/2 dry packet)
    Optional chopped jalapenos


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